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Homeless charity says Borders needs more affordable housing

Responding to the Housing Minister's visit to affordable housing in the Scottish Borders today, a spokesperson for homeless charity Shelter Scotland said the waiting lists are long.

“Long waiting lists for council and housing association homes in the Borders are typical of the picture across Scotland.The root cause of the problem is the chronic shortage of affordable homes, with 157,000 households still lingering on council house waiting lists throughout Scotland.To end the Borders and Scotland’s housing crisis for good, Shelter Scotland says the Scottish Government needs a commitment to build at least 10,000 affordable homes a year.This will bring hope to the 157,000 households on council waiting lists and much-needed jobs to our construction industry.”

– Shelter Scotland
  • 11,983 social rented sector homes in 2011-2012
  • Loss of 1,251 affordable homes between 2001-2002 and 2011-2012
  • 89 households living in temporary accommodation in March 2013
  • 497 households assessed as homeless in 2012-2013

Full report: Shelter Scotland celebrates 10 years of work in Dumfriesshire

A charity in south-west Scotland say they have helped 1,500 families who were at risk of losing their homes in the past 10 years.

Shelter Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway are now warning that the problem is only going to get worse.

Our reporter Matthew Taylor went to meet one man who is struggling to keep the roof over his head:

Charity has helped 1500 people in Dumfriesshire

A charity in south-west Scotland say they have helped 1500 families at risk of losing their home in the past 10 years.

Shelter Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway say the situation is getting worse.

One of the people they have helped is Peter Thomson, who lost his home after injury forced him to stop work as a farm labourer.

Shelter Scotland helped him to find accommodation and a new job but he says he still fears losing his house.

Shelter Scotland celebrates 10 years in Dumfriesshire

The Dumfriesshire branch of Shelter Scotland is celebrating ten years of delivering homelessness and housing supports to people across the region.

Local MSPs, MPs and councillors are joining staff members at an exhibition in Dumfries, highlight the work of the charity.

The service in Dumfries has helped more than 1500 families and individuals since it first began in 2003, and former and current users of the service will be at the exhibition to chat about their experiences.

The charity employs eleven people who are responsible for delivering housing support and financial advice across the region.

"Over the last ten years Shelter Scotland in Dumfries has become an accepted and well-known part of the local community - from Kirkconnel to Kirkcudbright and Gretna to Gatehouse, this is a very special place to be working.

"I thank everyone for their backing over the years, in particular the Council for their continued funding of our service and their commitment to best practice in homelessness and housing support.

"We now look forward to the next ten years of helping the people of Dumfriesshire with their housing, homelessness and money advice needs."

– Sue Roberts, Scottish Service Manager, Shelter Scotland in Dumfries


Shelter Scotland 'disappointed' with Chancellor

“We are disappointed the Chancellor did not take this opportunity to scrap the ill-conceived Bedroom Tax and whilst any new investment in social housing is welcome, today’s Budget falls well short of the 100,000 homes proposed by the CBI and British Chambers of Commerce.

“Scotland should see some additional investment following today’s Budget and we now call on the Scottish Government to use all of this extra money to invest in a major housing programme and build at least 10,000 new social homes a year to end Scotland’s housing crisis for good.”

– Graeme Brown, Director, Shelter Scotland